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General Manager’s Report     2011-2012

Administration:

  • keeping in contact with the Cascapedia Club secretary,  Mr. Rémi Bujold
  • Keep in contact with Wildlife and Parks, attended the Annual meeting of the River managers federation, and all other government bodies involved with the river (Nat. Res., transport Department, logging company etc.)
  • met camp managers about the rules and regulations for the river
  • Higher sales for 2012, increased participation in our reservation draw

Marketing:

  • Our web site up and running, web cam on the river to be install this spring.
  • Advertisement in Atlantic Salmon Journal , Destination Pêche à la mouche, our pamphlet was distributed in shows ( two in the States, one in New Brunswick).
  • We are getting phone calls from people who saw the different movies made in 2010 (4 Video show were made, One for France (Vue du Ciel), One from New York (Salmon lost at sea), one from California ( George Clark crew) and one from Québec (Taiga production on RDS and V chanel) . One made for the ASF in 2011 available on their web site.
  • The new secteur E3 was offer to the clientele, we sold 30 days for its debut season, an ATV side by side, four seater was bought for the operation.

Employee Management:     36 employees

  • More meetings and events. Salary increase in 2011 of 5%.  RRSP is our official pension plan, mandatory for all new employees.
  • Created two more student jobs in 2011.

Protection:

  • A stopping fence will be install below Minor Brook in order to prevent poaching on genitors swimming up the brook during summer.   Surveillance will occur at the fence.
  • 14 Wildlife protection assistants sworn in and 6 area wardens, we work in the estuary with the Native wardens
  • met with provincial game wardens about the protection plan
  • All our four camps are open and occupied 24/7 by our game wardens to discourage poaching. These camps are strategically located at important pools. We purchased a second  4 seats car last year to increase the proportion of stationary surveillance without our car in sight
  • With regards to poaching we had a few cases last year. We saw evidence of it on the Salmon Branch.

Salmon population follow-up and stocking:

Fishing under Mandatory catch and release for the entire season in 2012

Season

Salmon caught

Salmon

Killed

Salmon released

% Released

Diving Count

1997(1)

785

723

62

8%

1240

1998(2)

665

490

175

26%

      935 (4)

1999(2)

1012

508

504

50%

1540

2000(3)

722

257

465

64%

1306

2001

1027

323

704

69%

1258

2002

1171

298

873

74%

    1341 (5)

2003(6)

1679

325

1354

81%

    2656 (7)

2004

1470

291

1179

80%

    1629 (8)

2005

1454

195

1259

87%

2297

2006

994

172

822

83%

2157

2007

786

103

683

87%

   1279 (4)

2008

1026

150

876

85%

1108

2009

1162

107

1055

91%

1800

2010

1422

54

1368

96%

2375

2011

2 713

98  (43 L)

2 615

96%

4189  (4) 

(1)           no fishing in September

(2)           catch and release for the month of September

(3)           catch and release for the months of August and September

(4)           estimation made by the government due to bad weather

(5)           independent count: 1108 big and 233 grilse

(6)           count made mid September

(7)           2739 with the 83 genitor in the hatchery

(8)           estimation made by the government: due to high water level a count could not be made.  A partial count in the salmon branch showed 228 genitors, it is more than the regular count for a total coverage of the water.

  • The smolts run follow-up was impossible to do because of the high water level in May and June.  We could although catch the 50 smolts required by the ASF Tracking Program.
  •  Remember that in 2010, the estimate count was 300 000 smolts. We  can expect a proportion of 1% to return, it represents about 3000 salmons.
  • The stocking program showed some major problems with the difficult survival of the genitors last fall, poor egg quality and sedimentation from high water level brought low survival during incubation.
  • Many salmon were seen dead right after the Spawning season, one female was dead before laying the eggs, a situation to be monitored closely next fall with MRNF Biologist.

Fishing :

  • An increase of 8.6 % of fishing days, 4 384  in 2011, compare to 4  036 fishing days in 2010 (3 866 in 2009) on the whole river.  A sky rocket succ0ess rate of 0.62%. We went from 0.17 to 0.25, 0.30, 0.35 from 2007to 2010, this is great news for the angler, it takes less than 2 days on the average to hook one salmon
  • See Table for fishing stats per camps
  • We are in a process of changing all the river signs, since they fade out.

Habitat

  • We had two study made at Forks pool by two different Consultants, They both showed the complexity of the situation especially with the very low stability of the Lake Branch above Forks.  The Board had decided not to do any works for the moment; we will monitor the situation very closely.

Miscellanous

  • The Ministry of Transportation of Quebec improved the quality of the work executed on Route 299. The ditches are green and rocking occurred on the exit to the river.
  • Job at Stanley is composed of very large rocks, let’s hope it last.
  • Purchase of the private land at Meg’s pool for the Youth fishing program.

Acknowledgements

  • Again we want to thank the Atlantic Salmon Federation and the Québec Wildlife Department for their contribution.
  • I especially want to thank the staff for their efforts to meet customer’s needs, also, we want to salute the work of  Mrs. Delphine Paul who was guiding on the river for more than 13 years, Mrs Valerie Moreau serve as Biologist for 2 years, many thanks to them, we wish them good luck in their projects.
  • And finally I would like to salute the Board of Directors for their work

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT 2011-2012

Good evening ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for being here tonight at our information session.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce the Directors: Mr. Guy Condo, Mr. Francis Gideon, Mr. Luc Martin, Mr. Jason Jerome, Mr. Quentin Condo, Mr. Real Bujold, Mr. Herbert Cochrane, Mr. Terry Bujold,

Mr. Jimmy MacDonald and  Mr. Ricky Barter. The officers are Pat St-Onge, Vice-President,Marc Gauthier, Treasurer, Darlene Sexton, secretary and myself, Donald Caplin, president.

My report is a resume of the directors’ activities and decisions taken during the last year, we had six meetings during the year, with the public meeting.  We had a committee working on a Strategic Plan and one that is working on the renewal of our major agreements, especially the one on net fishing.

In order to maintain communication with our major partners: Band Council, Municipal Council and the Cascapedia Clubs, we had a meeting in May 2011

to discuss Strategic activities,  and one this morning to talk about the Agreements. The mandate is to establish a clear vision for the future of the river.

The number of salmon in the river system was the best in decades with an estimate of 4 000 genitors on the spawning grounds.

It is going to be the first year of a new release regulation:  Mandatory catch and release for the whole season,  that apply to the whole river system.

After witnessing proof of poaching on the Salmon Branch sanctuary,  we decided to open the sector to fishing, It is going to be the new E3 zone with guide, an ATV Tour up to the Falls.

The Cascapedia Club have new co-owner at Middlecamp: Bombardier.

Last summer meeting of the Clubs with Society representant was somewhat unfriendly.

Our verified financial statement shows a good accumulated surplus and cash flow and no debt.  We are in the position to invest on river projects.

Salmon fishing Youth Camp to be held August 6 to 9 with camping at Meg’s pool, 6 teen (between 12 and 15) from both communities are invited, for a total of 12.  Our first experiment last year proved to be enjoyable for the participants.  Also, we announce that it will be possible to bring children under 16, fishing on the guided zone or wade fishing free of charge when wade fishing .

Thanks again to many partners, the Band Council and Chief Guy Condo, Pat St-Onge Mayor of  Cascapedia-St-Jules, the Cascapedia Clubs secretary Rémi Bujold,  and the Quebec Government .

Thank you for your attention and please keep your question for the period in a few minutes.

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